PNP to release list of election hotspots on October 17

Marje Pelayo   •   October 15, 2018   •   3273

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to release the list of election hotspots across the country on the last day of filing of certificate of candidacy (COC) on October 17.

PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde, however, named five areas where incidents of election-related violence are perennial.

These are Abra, Masbate, Lanao, Zamboanga Del Norte and Zamboanga Del Sur.

Albayalde noted, however, that these areas are not the top five in the list because they are still finalizing their records.

“Ito iyong sinasabi natin na mga perrenial na andyan sa election watchlist areas (EWAs) na di nawawala tuwing election. Ilalabas natin ang final after the end of candidacy,” Albayalde said. – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo

Paniqui shooting an isolated incident, not sin of entire PNP — DILG

Marje Pelayo   •   December 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año confirmed on Monday (December 21) that administrative and criminal cases will be filed against the policeman who shot dead a mother and her son, after an altercation in Paniqui, Tarlac.

According to Año, the formal investigation has begun and DILG assures that, “the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Police Commission (NPC) will conduct a thorough, impartial, and swift investigation.”

“We do not and will never tolerate such acts and we will make sure that he will account for his crimes. I have likewise directed PNP Chief Police General Debold Sinas to extend assistance to the family of the victims at this time of bereavement,” Año said.

The suspect of the incident, Police Senior Master Sergeant Joniel Nuezca, has been disarmed and is already in the custody of the Tarlac Provincial Police Office.

“This is an unfortunate but isolated incident. While there are unfortunate incidents like this, the vast majority of our PNP personnel perform their sworn duties everyday with honor and integrity to protect and serve the people,” the Secretary added.

“The sin of Nuezca is not the sin of the entire Philippine National Police. As we have seen during this pandemic, they place their very lives on the line as frontliners in our COVID response,” Año stressed.

He also reminded all police officers to, “remain calm at all times, to control their emotions, and to conduct themselves in a manner befitting their position as agents of the law.”

Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said his agency will closely monitor the investigation on the matter to make sure justice is served to the victims.

“I am disturbed that altercations like that in the subject incident could suddenly lead to deaths of persons,” he said in a statement.

“As soon as the local police has filed the appropriate charges, the prosecutor’s office will conduct a preliminary investigation to determine probable cause,” he added. MNP (with inputs from Raymund David / Dante Amento)

PNP launches manhunt vs. loggers who assaulted police in Cagayan

Maris Federez   •   November 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has launched a manhunt against several suspects who assaulted a police team that was conducting operations against illegal logging activities in Cagayan province.

Police General Debold M Sinas has ordered pursuit operations against the suspects who fired at the police team wounding a police lieutenant, according to a PNP Public Information Office (PIO) press release dated November 28.

“More aggressive police operations will continue against illegal logging activities on orders of President Rodrigo R Duterte despite this temporary setback,” the PNP chief said.

Follow-up operations are underway to recover the firearms used in the attack, Sinas added.

The PNP chief issued the order after receiving reports submitted by PBGen. Crizaldo Nieves, Regional Director of Police Regional Office 2 regarding the shooting incident that wounded PLT Randy Baccay, Deputy Chief of Police of Pañablanca Police Station.

Sinas instructed Nieves to extend P50,000.00 financial assistance for the medical expenses of Baccay, the news release said. 

The operation was part of Cagayan’s rebuilding efforts following the aftermath of massive flooding only two weeks ago.

Nieves said Baccay and his team were responding to reports of the presence of illegally-cut timber stockpiled in Sitio Dalayat, Minanga, Lagum Peñablanca, Cagayan on Thursday evening.

Armed suspects opened fire during the operation, hitting Baccay while the rest of the team launched counter action. Baccay was immediately evacuated to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The team, on the other hand, promptly arrested and took Ernest Sibbaluca, identified as among the attackers, to the Peñablanca Police Station for investigation.

Sibbaluca is facing criminal charges for direct assault upon an agent of authority and frustrated murder, Asalan said. —/mbmf

No PNP Chief yet? Duterte threatens to take over

Marje Pelayo   •   November 29, 2019

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (L) and former National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde (R) during the 117th Philippine National Police (PNP) police service anniversary in Quezon city, Philippines, 08 August 2018. EPA-EFE/STR

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has not decided yet as to who will assume the position vacated by former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, retired General Oscar Albayalde.

The President said he is carefully assessing the credentials of potential candidates to head the country’s main law enforcement arm.

Without an honest, corruption-free man to assume the job, the Chief Executive hinted on taking over the PNP.

“Ang akin, (for me) if they have even a single case of corruption, wala na, (it’s a no), you’re out,” the President warned.

“I would rather not appoint anybody for that matter. Ako na ang hahawak noon (I will take over). I will be the one directing the guidance and direction,” he added.

The President previously said he wants to be conscientious in choosing the next chief of the national police following controversies that tainted the credibility of Albayalde in relation to his alleged involvement with the so-called ninja cops or drug recycling issue that compelled him to resign.

President Duterte acknowledged, meanwhile, that there are a lot of things within the PNP that needs improvement and overhaul.

“But verily itong pulis maraming problema, pati generals nila kasali sa droga (Verily I say these policemen are the problems themselves, even their generals are involved in drugs),” the Chief Executive noted.

“Iyan ang ayaw ko diyan, pati generals. Hindi lumabas iyan hanggang hindi ako naging president (That’s what I hate, that even the generals [are involved]. Not until I became president that this was exposed),” he added. MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

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